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Gladiators’ Coach Uses Experience As Guide

Coaching to some can be measured by wins and losses. But New Hyde Park’s head baseball coach Doug Robins measures his success through the success of his players, on and off the field. 

 

Robins has coached the Gladiators varsity baseball team since 1999 and made the playoffs 10 out of those 15 seasons. His teams have finished in second place in their league twice. 

 

Despite his teams on field success, Robins goal is to help his players succeed and receive the opportunity to play college ball. 

 

“My biggest thrill is watching the kids play baseball in college and hopefully get a scholarship to pay for their education,” he said. 

 

Robins played Division I baseball as a pitcher for New York Institute of Technology and went onto play in the minor leagues.

 

He signed a minor league contract with Major League Baseball to play for a co-op team in the Pioneer League. This is a minor league team that is not affiliated with any major league team, but rather multiple teams or the MLB itself. Robins played against minor league affiliates of the Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves among others. 

 

This is an experience Robins wants all of his players to receive and is his ultimate goal as a coach. He’s had two players go on to play in college last season and roughly 24 in total since he started. 

 

“Having alumni come back and share their experience of how much they love playing college baseball, that’s what I like the most,” he said.

 

Robins understands to do this, his players need to do well in the classroom. 

 

“I always tell my players ‘without good grades, there’s no baseball,’” he said. 

 

Robins practices what he preaches, as he talks to his players’ teachers and sends letters to the players’ homes to make sure they are staying up on their grades. 

 

As a pitcher himself, Robins calls the pitches during games, relaying the calls to the catcher. 

 

He credits his assistant coach, Tom Nails, for much of his success. 

 

“Having him has been a blessing, its like having a second head coach,” he said of Nails, who played college baseball at Sacred Heart.

 

Besides seeing his players go on to play in college and do well in school, he wants them to have confidence when they take the field.

 

“We preach for our kids to go out and have fun,” he said. “We want them to play lose be aggressive and don’t back down from anyone.”

 

Robins goal remains to win his first conference title and championship. 

News

The Sept. 18 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education covered a range of issues, from the district’s overall performance to the sudden death of a student to fiscal and personnel issues—even to the loss of maple trees. 

 

National Ranking 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth announced that the district’s high school had achieved an impressive level of distinction in a recent national survey that measured scholastic achievement; in fact, a great deal of Long Island made the cut, he said.

East Setauket restaurant owner Sam Chan is looking to open an 84-seat Asian fusion restaurant at 1215 Jericho Tpke. in New Hyde Park, the former spot of the maligned Empire Billiards Hall

 

The 3,280-square-foot restaurant would be staffed by 15 employees. Chan and property owner Mark Sommer, a Dix Hills dentist, are requesting 25 off-street parking spaces.

 

“[Parking was] the only issue we were having a discussion about,” Sommer said after a public hearing last week in front of the village’s board of trustees.


Sports

Seniors Daniella Ford and Margie Londono highlight a Sewanhaka Indians girls soccer team vying for its second straight winning season. 

 

Ford, who is in her fourth season as starting goalie for the Indians, netted a season-high 24 saves in a 3-1 loss to Valley Stream Central. 

 

“She’s a stud back there,” said Sewanhaka third-year coach Eric Premisler, whose team is 0-3 as of press time, after going 8-3-1 last season. “If we can stop a team from taking five shots because of good defense, Daniella is going to stop another 15 shots. And we’re going to have a chance to win every game.”

The Sewanhaka Indians continue to let their presence be felt in Nassau Conference II. 

 

The Indians played their second game as members of the conference on Saturday, Sept. 21, against the Long Beach Marines, topping the south shore squad 51-30. 

 

On the opening drive, the Indians relied on running back Brenton Mighty’s legs to get them into the red zone. On first and goal from the 15-yard line, quarterback Elijah Tracey hit

Michael Parasconda on a screen pass for the first score. 


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